Recycled Halloween crafts

Halloween is here! So I would like to wish all of you crafters who celebrate this holiday a very Happy Halloween!

And if you find yourself tomorrow with extra empty egg cartons, or empty toilet paper rolls on hand for some reason, I found some craft ideas that will help you get rid of the evidence, uh, I mean help you recycle those items into some fun crafts.

Here is a video posted by Animaplates on YouTube that uses those empty egg cartons to make a crafty spider.

And here is a video by VintageNotion on YouTube that shares ten craft project ideas that recycles toilet paper rolls.

Happy Halloween, Crafters!

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Halloween ghost lights

Decorative Halloween Ghost Lights

I was looking for some last minute Halloween craft ideas when I came across these fantastic Halloween ghost lights at Craft Passion.

Craft Passion has provided a great tutorial that supplies text along with pictures for every step of the way in making these ghostly lights.

To make a string of six ghost lights you will need:

  • ping pong balls (six of them)
  • gauze pads (4″X4″, 8 ply, or loose woven cheesecloth)
  • Mod Podge or any PVA white craft glue
  • holiday lights (single yellow color)
  • permanent black marker
  • awl or craft knife
  • egg crate
  • masking tape
  • clean empty container and spoon

Happy Crafting!

Make your own wand

Ever wanted to make your own wand because you like the Harry Potter series, or just because you think it would be cool to have your own wand?

Well, I have found a short video posted by Paul Mason on YouTube that shows you one way to make a wand.

While the video is good for showing viewers how to make a wand, I have a few suggestions.

Instead of using a big dowel rod like featured in the video, you can use a smaller one to achieve a quicker wand.

If you are worried about the handle being too narrow because of using a smaller rod, you can bind the handle with more suede lace or other cording of your choice for a better grip.

Also, if you are apprehensive about using wood stain, I would suggest using Old English Furniture Polish. That is what I used when I made my wand.

Just keep in mind that you will only have two options if you decide to use Old English, either light or dark. So if you are looking to achieve a certain coloring, wood stain may provide better options for you.

Happy Crafting!

Pin the nose on the Jack-o’-Lantern game

I have made many variations of this kind of game before to fit the theme of any party.

Last year for Halloween it was a “Pin the teeth on Dracula” game.

With Halloween almost here, I thought it would be fun to share a video posted by About.com on YouTube that shows how to make a Pin the nose on the Jack-o’-Lantern game.

This project will not take that much time to make, and it will add to the festivities of the holiday.

Happy Crafting!

Halloween cookie suckers

Mummy Halloween Cookie Suckers

Looking for a treat instead of a trick this Halloween season?

I found these great Halloween cookie sucker ideas over at HowDoesShe.com.

There you will find easy instructions to create mummy, ghost, and tombstone cookie suckers.

For the mummy cookie suckers you see in the picture, you will need:

  • Oreo cookies
  • sucker sticks
  • white candy melts
  • big googly candy eyes

Just follow the easy instructions given on HowDoesShe.com, and you will have a fun, festive treat to enjoy.

Happy Crafting!

DIY pop can tab bracelet

Pop Can Tabs for Bracelet

I was at a craft store over the weekend, and I saw a woman with a purse made out of pop can tabs.

I thought the idea was interesting, so I went on YouTube to find some tutorials on pop can tab projects.

I did not necessarily want to make a purse out of pop can tabs, but I found a video posted by chenii95 that demonstrates how to make a bracelet.

You will need:

  • about 25 pop can tabs (give or take a few for your wrist size)
  • approximately 3 feet of elastic jewelery cording
  • scissors
  • ribbon or beading if desired

I just thought this was a cool project idea that was creative and recycles pop can tabs.

Happy Crafting!